Got fitness or weight-loss goals for 2015? Do three things to make them stick: Be realistic, commit and call a friend.
We’ve got the skinny on how to help you see your resolutions through this year. First, set realistic goals you can track. This means creating a realistic vision and a detailed plan for how you’re going to make things happen. Instead of a vague “I’m going to run a half marathon this year,” sign up for an event, join a local running club, and then put a weekly training schedule in your calendar.
A few other stick-with-it tips:
- Change only one thing in your routine at a time.
- Get a buddy. Ask a family member, friend, neighbor or co-worker to do something active with you. You’ll keep each other accountable.
- Measure your progress. Instead of aiming to “walk more,” wear a pedometer and track your progress. Make your goal at least 10,000 steps every day (no excuses!).
- Be patient. Most people give up three weeks into a new plan. If you can commit for three months, you’re more likely to meet your goals.
"Rome wasn't built in a day, but they were laying bricks every hour." James Clear